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        10-10-2009, 11:45 AM
      #11
    Trained
    If I was given the opportunity to bring my horse with me, to wherever it is that I go - my horse is going to come with me.

    I am in the U.S.A right now *born in Canada and raised, lived in Michigan for 3 years* my Husband and I are going to move back to Canada.

    We are currently in Michigan, and I was born in British Columbia and all my family is there, so that is where we are going to move.

    While that is a very long distance to travel, and expensive - my horse is coming with me.

    How unfair is it to bring an animal into your life, and promise this horse everything in the world, and then dump it just because it is convenient for me/you/anyone?

    Bringing an animal into your life, is a big responsibility.

    I PROMISE YOU - if you sell her and buy something else - YOU WILL REGRET IT.

    Ship her. Keep her with you. I would. When I move, I am going to do the same with my horse and all my other pets.
         
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        10-10-2009, 12:47 PM
      #12
    Started
    I would never sell a horse just because of a transfer, but that's just me. She sounds like a really nice horse, and you might never see her again if you leave her in Germany. I couldn't stand the thought of not seeing my horses again, let alone being in different countries. If I was you, I'd bring her with.
         
        10-10-2009, 12:48 PM
      #13
    Started
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    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    If I was given the opportunity to bring my horse with me, to wherever it is that I go - my horse is going to come with me.

    I am in the U.S.A right now *born in Canada and raised, lived in Michigan for 3 years* my Husband and I are going to move back to Canada.

    We are currently in Michigan, and I was born in British Columbia and all my family is there, so that is where we are going to move.

    While that is a very long distance to travel, and expensive - my horse is coming with me.

    How unfair is it to bring an animal into your life, and promise this horse everything in the world, and then dump it just because it is convenient for me/you/anyone?

    Bringing an animal into your life, is a big responsibility.

    I PROMISE YOU - if you sell her and buy something else - YOU WILL REGRET IT.

    Ship her. Keep her with you. I would. When I move, I am going to do the same with my horse and all my other pets.
    Excellent point.
         
        10-10-2009, 01:03 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Thank you for the replies. It's nice to know some people would ship their horse. (i've heard from a lot of people over here to leave her). I am continually pushing for my parents not to change their mind.

    I guess my next question would be, is it too stressful for her? I know she has to go through a vet examination but i'm told 12 years old for a horse is considered "old". Are most horses able to handle an 8 hour flight and climate change?

    Sorry for all the questions! Can you tell that I'm a first time horse owner?
    Aly
         
        10-10-2009, 01:11 PM
      #15
    Started
    Not sure about the flight and climate change, but 12 is not old for a horse. My horse is 10 and in his prime, he's calmed down from when he was younger, is smart and strong, knows what's expected of him, and is a wonderful horse. Anyway, 12 is certainly not old. Many olympic horses are in their teens.
         
        10-10-2009, 02:04 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    12 is NOT old for a horse. 20ish is old for a horse. I think you should take her with you. You will regret it SO much if you don't. I almost promise you that.
         
        10-10-2009, 02:38 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Wow, I'm glad I clarrified the age thing with you guys! I've always been told my horse is on the old side!
         
        10-10-2009, 09:05 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Its not old, but its at the point where it will be losing value because of its age. I would not call her young. Personally, I would not buy a horse over 7 or 8, and if I had a horse for competition purposes I would look at selling it around 13 or 14. I think she would adjust, but I still don't know if I would do that. Be aware you are not only spending your own money, but also your parents, and in an ultimately selfish (not with negative connotations) act.

    I guess I have a slightly different view of horses than most on here. I like them a lot, and when I buy one I know I commit to taking care of it, feeding, grooming, everything. I take full responsibility but I don't view it like a dog or a cat who I keep just for my comfort, as a little friend. I would not keep a horse that was unrideable, or even unsuitable for me. To me horse riding is a hobby or a sport, but its not a pet I own. It can be tricky to find a horse to bond with, but by no means impossible. Most people are just too impatient to wait for something they really want.

    People say "you don't get rid of your friends" or whatever. But you do. Half the people I am friends with now I don't expect to know in 5 years. People move on and change, there is nothing wrong with that. I think the same with horses.
    I would not transport a horse that far unless it was a top level competition horse, or exceptional breeding horse. I would not just transport a 12 year old horse that I happen to like a lot. Horses are herd animals, while they can grow close to a human I fully believe that we will never be their "herd" and that they move on much more easily than we do. I don't think you can say "you are doing it for the horses good" or anything like that. Just be aware that you are doing because you are emotionally attached to this animal who (I believe) is not capable of being emotionally attached in the same way to you.

    My opinion, its different to others but I thought I would contribute.
         
        10-10-2009, 09:15 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    I guess I have a slightly different view of horses than most on here. I like them a lot, and when I buy one I know I commit to taking care of it, feeding, grooming, everything. I take full responsibility but I don't view it like a dog or a cat who I keep just for my comfort, as a little friend. I would not keep a horse that was unrideable, or even unsuitable for me. To me horse riding is a hobby or a sport, but its not a pet I own. It can be tricky to find a horse to bond with, but by no means impossible. Most people are just too impatient to wait for something they really want.
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    And if I had a horse for competition purposes I would look at selling it around 13 or 14.
    How sad.

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    To the OP - 12 IS NOT TOO OLD!!!! Please! Do you know the # of horses that get shipped to the U.S.A and Canada in the world of GP Jumping and Mid to Upper Level Eventing?

    Come on Honey! It is common.

    Think of the Horses in Europe *Germany, France, England, Ireland, Scottland etc, etc* who ship their horses to the U.S.A and other countries for competion? Or the other way around *Canada and the U.S.A oversea's for competition* on a very regular basis.

    Your horse will be fine.

    I think it would be more stressful, for you to just "dissapear" one day, when your horse waits for you to show up, and you don't.

    Yes, our horses get emotionally attached to us, as do our dogs and cats and other pets that are in our lives. Don't give up on her because it is convenient for you.

    I have friends back home in Canada who moved to England and they had their horses shipped. I have a friend in Australia who just moved to the states, and her parents shipped her horse for her. I have friends in Canada who moved to Southern U.S.A and had their horses shipped.

    I would be devistated if I had to leave Nelson behind - I would do all I could to have him with me.

    *HUGS*
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    I've always been told my horse is on the old side!
    Ah ha....my guy is between 16-18. I guarantee you my guy can out jump and out compete a 7 year old.
         
        10-10-2009, 10:27 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    BRING HIM WITH YOU! You will definitley regret it if you don't!
         

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